Sharon Koch addresses a packed house

Southern Sierran

Newsletter of the Sierra Club Angeles Chapter
May 2022

Angeles Chapter Annual Awards Banquet returns after three-year hiatus

Sierra Club Angeles Chapter leaders and supporters gathered on May 1 at Friendship Auditorium in Griffith Park to celebrate its 2019 awardees. More than 100 members and supporters came together to recognize our volunteers, whose efforts to explore and preserve wild places attest to the chapter’s resiliency in the face of overlapping crises to our climate, health, and democracy. 

Earth Day 2022


Sierra Club staff and volunteers cosponsored an Earth Day Panel with Natural Resources Defense Council about the Inglewood Oil Field and our work to phase it out at the 30th Annual Pan African Film Festival (PAFF). We had a great turnout and a great time engaging the community most impacted by the oil field.
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There's still time to sign up and participate in our Earth Month Trash-a-thon Fundraiser. This is a special peer-to-peer fundraising opportunity to make money for the Angeles Chapter and have fun doing it. Host a trash clean up anywhere (solo or as a team). Collect pledges for time spent cleaning up your neighborhood. Proceeds benefit Angeles Chapter programs.
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Angeles Chapter staff and volunteers present Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn with the Sierra Club Environmental Service Award in recognition of her work to correct racial injustice on the Southern California coast in Manhattan Beach.
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May is Military Appreciation Month. The Angeles Chapter is growing our Sierra Club Military Outdoors program, and we are looking for people to join our leadership team. The goal of Military Outdoors is to improve the lives of veterans and their families through connections with the outdoors and inspire members of the military and veteran community to become outspoken champions for environmental conservation and justice.
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Thank you to our members who voted in the election, exercising one of the most important responsibilities of membership – helping continue our legacy of a democratically elected board. Congratulations to Cheyenne Skye Branscum, Allison Chin, Michael Dorsey, Cynthia Hoyle, and Aaron Mair on their election to three-year terms on the all-volunteer board. Read more about new board members and election results here.
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Many Californians do not realize that they have a right to coastal access outlined within the Coastal Act and regulated by the staff of the Coastal Commission. The Sierra Club wants to help the public to understand this important right and understand the obligations, such as respecting environmentally sensitive habitats that access brings.
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The California Coastal Commission will be holding a hearing on the proposed Poseidon project on May 12th. We need you to tell the Coastal Commissioners this $1.4 billion catastrophe-in-the-making is too expensive for Orange County families, destructive to our ocean and its wildlife, and harmful for our climate. We don’t need it! Personal messages make a big impact on decision makers. Please add a note about why this issue matters to you!

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Are you looking for an outdoor adventure, an opportunity to meet like-minded people, or something to do on a Saturday afternoon? Our schedule of activities is your guide to Sierra Club events throughout the region.

Here are a few activities to keep an eye out for this month.

(Earth Month) Trash Talk Saturdays - LA River
Sat, May 7, 2022; 9:00 - 11:00am
Pick up litter while learning about a local park's history. Come in person, or just participate on the conference call while collecting trash in your own neighborhood.
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Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve Hike
Sun, May 15, 2022; 8:30am
Easy paced, reasonably flat, 5 mile hike, approx 3 hrs. Newcomers Welcome. Enjoy the natural beauty of Bolsa Chica, one of the last remaining wetland ecosystems in Southern California. Meet 8:30 am. From Warner Avenue in Huntington Beach turn south on Bolsa Chica Street to the end of the street and trailhead (Brightwater Drive). Park on the street. Bring camera, water, sun protection, hat, light hiking boots, rain does not cancel.
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Newhall History Stroll
Sat, May 21, 2022; 9:30am
Join us for a stroll through the history of Newhall California. Great educational walk for adults and families. See the home of silent film star William S Hart, as we visit the mansion grounds (and we will tour the home if available). Great viewing of a herd of buffalo! We will also see local historic homes at Quester's Court and visit the historic Saugus Train Station. We will conclude our hike with a visit to downtown Newhall to view the Walk of Fame and have lunch. Meet 9:30 AM in front of the Ranch House next to the picnic area at William S. Hart Park, 24151 Newhall Ave, Newhall 91321. 1/4 mi of uphill/downhill walking and stairs inside the museum.
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Photo of the Month


See this photo and many more in Focal Points Magazine, courtesy of the Angeles Chapter Camera Committee. Instructions to subscribe are in Focal Points or contact the editor.
Balanced Rock
Spring Hillside, Larry Miller


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